Hotel Britannia Excelsior

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior represents good value for money in a great location on Lake Como. The lake's a stone's throw away and this is where you'll find the hotel's best feature - Europe's largest floating pool. Take a dip in the pool or park yourself on a sun lounger for the day and enjoy drinks from the bar. 

The ferry port's not far from the hotel so you've got great links to other resorts on Lake Como. If you fancy a walk and want to stretch your legs, head south down towards Tremezzo where you can stop for a drink and a spot of lunch. It’s about two and a half kilometres each way and the footpath follows the lake. 

The hotel itself dates back to the 19th Century and you'll find traditional furnishings and decor throughout. We've chosen Deluxe Rooms for our guests that offer more space and comfortable amenities. Rooms with a lake view are available for a supplement. With the platinum all-inclusive upgrade included as standard with Inghams, you'll find you have plenty of choice when it comes to dining. Take advantage of the à la carte restaurants and enjoy authentic pasta dishes in Simply Pasta and uninterrupted lake views at our favourite, the Lido di Cadenabbia Restaurant where they serve an all you can eat Brazilian barbecue (reservations are required for à la carte restaurants). You'll be able to choose a range of local drinks including spirits and tea & coffee at three bars, including those at the sister hotel, Bazzoni. End your evenings in the hotel's main bar, located on the bottom floor. Here you can enjoy a drink, live music and dancing - it's great fun.

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.

  • No. of rooms: 284
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 6
  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €2 per person per night is payable locally.

Baby cots are available on request for approx. €15 per day, payable locally.


Deluxe Rooms are the upgraded rooms of the hotel. They have plenty of space and can sleep up to three people. The third bed is a single sofa bed. Facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, fridge, hairdryer and shower. Rooms with a lake view and lake view & balcony are available for a supplement.

Single Rooms with a French bed are available on request, please call to book.

Double Rooms for Single Use are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 8
  • Access ramp: No

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.


St. Moritz & the Bernina Express (full day)

Leave Lake Como and travel by coach into the majestic Val Valtellina, stopping for coffee in the small town of Tirano, before boarding the magnificent Bernina Express. This spectacular journey then travels past glaciers and over dramatic gorges before arriving in St. Moritz. You’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy a spot of lunch (payable locally) in this picturesque town. The return to Lake Como by coach is just as scenic and follows the road through the Maloja pass, stopping in the historic town of Chiavenna where you’ll find cobbled streets and local boutiques.

Departs: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: from £58pp.

Milan (full day)

Enjoy a full day excursion visiting the fashion capital of Italy. An expert guide with show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle, which was once considered one of Europe’s greatest fortresses. Your excursions continues by coach where you’ll enjoy a full commentary by your guide as you drive around the city. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue by foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore and maybe do a spot of shopping.

Departs: Tuesdays from mid May to September

Price: £53pp.

Lake Orta & Stresa

Lake Orta is one of Italy’s prettiest lakes and oozes romance. Its picturesque cobbled streets are too narrow for cars, which makes it a pleasure to wander around as you discover local shops, charming cafes and lovely lake views. When you’ve had enough time to explore, the tour continues to Lake Maggiore and the lakefront resort of Stresa. A private boat will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid October

Price: £58pp. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbienello (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing it’s most beautiful villas and spectacular gardens. Built at the end of the 18th century, the villa now belongs to the FIA, Italy’s version of the National Trust. Wander through the villa and admire exquisitely-furnished interiors and a vast art collection. The manicured gardens are a delight to walk through and you can enjoy stunning lake views from many spots in the garden.

Departs: Sundays from mid May to mid October

Price: £49pp. 

Piona Abbey & Wine Tasting (approx. 6 hours)

The impressive Piona Abbey sits at the peninsula of Olgiasca and enjoys fantastic views over the lake. Spend some time enjoying these and the lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the Abbey, which is still inhabited by Cistercian Monks. In the afternoon you’ll a tasting of two local wines in a historic wine cellar.

Departs: Thursdays from mid May to September

Price: £51pp.

Como & Lake Lugano (full day)

Start your day in the charming town of Como where you can admire its lakefront piazza and stunning cathedral. Continue by coach to Lugano, one of Switzerland's most elegant towns. Visit the wonderful Via Nassa and the square of Riforma with their striking buildings and exclusive shops or choose to spend time in the town's pretty park.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £56pp.

Bergamo (full day)

Bergamo has been described as the open air museum in the world. Birthplace of opera writer Gaetano Donizetti, this small city is brimming with history. Medieval towers look out over cobbled streets and charming piazzas, and there are wonderful views at every turn. You’ll begin your day here with some free time to explore before meeting an expert city guide for an interesting walking tour of Bergamo.

Departs: Thursdays from May to late September

This excursion is only bookable locally in resort (subject to minimum numbers) for €60pp.

Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for our suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.



The hotel's floating pool is just across the road on the lakefront and has some of the best views of Lake Como. Loungers and parasols are free of charge and pool towels are available for approx. €8 per person for seven days' use.

Rospo Water Shuttle not available for summer 21

The Rospo water shuttle service is available from 01 May - 30 Sep. It runs at set times throughout the day linking the Hotel Britannia Excelsior to the sister hotel, Hotel Bazzoni, in Tremezzo and Bellagio. It departs from the floating pool opposite the hotel. This service is payable locally for approx. €2 per person per day. 

There's also a evening mini bus service that runs regularly at set times enabling guests to use both of the hotel's facilities. 

General Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Evening entertainment most nights, including themed live music nights
  • Garage (payable locally)
  • Free parking
  • Babysitting (on request, payable locally)
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Porterage (approx. €3.50 per person)

Inghams guests have the Platinum All Inclusive Package, which offers brekfast, lunch and dinner and a larger range of dining options than the standard package. There are four restaurants to choose from at the Britannia; Britania Buffet, Lido a la carte, Lido Pizzeria and the Floating Pool Chiurasco, as well as the four restaurants at the sister hotel, Hotel Bazzoni; Bazzoni Buffet, Simply Pasta and No 26 Bistro.  With the platinum all inclusive package you'll be able to eat at all of these restaurants for no additional cost - but for all of the restaurants except the buffet options, we recommend booking them up in advance to avoid disappointment. The No 26 Gourmet restaurant at the Bazzoni is payable locally, but there's a 30% discount available.

The package also includes drinks, cocktails and selected brands of spirits and liquors at the bars in both hotels. 

If you're planning on heading out for the day you can order a packed lunch, at reception the day before (order by 7pm) and it will be ready for you the next morning. 

Britania Buffet is the main restaurant at the hotel, set in the historic dining room, where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

A continental buffet breakfast includes options like yogurt, fresh fruit, toast, cold meats, cheese, jams, brown and white bread, rolls and cereals. There's teas and types of coffee available, including freshly ground.

Available 7 - 10am 

The cooked option this is available from 8-9.30am and includes options like scrambled eggs, baked beans and a rotating menu of bacon, Italian sausage, mushrooms, potatoes and tomatoes.

Available 8 - 9.30am

You can have a four course lunch and dinner here in the Britania Buffet Restaurant with options of anti pasta, first course, main course and deserts. There are three show cooking islands so you can watch the chefs at work, cooking up fresh tasty options like pizza and pasta, right in front of you.

Lunch available 12 - 2pm & dinner 6.30 - 9pm

Lido a la Carte is on the lake edge facing Bellagio's peninsula and offers local cuisine and pool views. You can have breakfast here with waiter service too. It's close to the hotel's beach about 100 metres away. It has its’ own bar and al la carte restaurant serving a traditional Italian cuisine with local specialities. You can even have all-inclusive drinks here (with the exclusion of spirits) from 10am until 6pm, from May to September. 

Lido Pizzeria is also open here up on the rooftop terrace. The views are amazing, dining is ‘al fresco’. The Pizza oven's on the terrace so you can watch the ‘Pizzaiolo’ at work. 

Floating Pool Chiurasco Restaurant is beside the hotel's floating pool. The restaurant has a seating area over the lake and serves things like fresh fish and pasta dishes. 

Floating Pool Cocktail Bar is also beside the pool. there's often live music here too. 

Open May - September, weather dependent

The Main Bar is dounstairs and has a large seating area. With platinum all inclusive a selection of drinks are included in the price. 

Open 8am-11pm

Open in the evenings only

Board basis options available

  • All Inclusive

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please notify us at the time of booking for any dietary requirements. As the hotel has a number of restaurants, we also strongly advise, depending where you eat each night, you speak to the restaurant when making your reservation to ensure no issues. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.2355902
  • Latitude: 45.9923233
  • Location Description:
    • Central location in Cadenabbia
    • Lakefront position
    • 50 meters to ferry port
    • 10 meters to bus stop

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior
Cadenabbia, Lake Como,All Inclusive
26/10/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Luton
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